March 2019

CEO Summit | 'Flipping the Switch' on Gender Equity | 7 March

Many CEOs who have already embraced gender equity as a strategic priority accept their role in the transformation of their workplace culture. In leading the transformation, they are sharing their stories, role-modelling new cultural norms, values and behaviours, building committed teams at the top and rolling up their sleeves to make real impact.
Increasingly however the push for greater gender balance from the top places significant pressure on managers in the middle. Not only are middle managers juggling operational priorities they are being asked to ‘sell-in’ gender equity to their teams as a strategic priority. How do they do this if they have yet to ‘buy’ the ‘it’s good for business’ message

Recently CEOs for Gender Equity and Entry to the C-Suite partnered with The Experience Lab in response to an emerging them from discussions with CEOs and their teams in human resources, communication and diversity and inclusion. That is, is the recognition that building gender balanced teams and workplaces forms part of a broader leadership development opportunity for middle managers who need support in delivering on their CEO's gender equity ambitions.This CEO Summit was presented with more than one twist. 

Firstly we invited The Experience Lab, a talented group of actors, to present "Flipping the Switch", playing out two separate realities:

(i) A CEO presenting her ambitious gender equity aspirations ... to attract more men to her organisation  
(ii) Contrasted by middle managers 'delivering' on the strategy and highlighting some of the 'authentic' challenges the women faced in recruiting more men

Secondly, we invited the panel with Edgar Basto, Mary Walker and Graham Kerr to reflect and comment on the two realities that "Flipping the Switch" presented.

Finally, we had opened up the CEO Summit encouraging our CEOs to attend with a member of their ELT. We also invited non-members in partnership with Entry to the C-suite, (Tower Consulting).

"Flipping the Switch" is a collaboration with The Experience Lab and Entry to the C-suite  that you can also use within your workplace with your middle managers. To learn more, please contact or 0412 662 285.


This month we celebrated International Women's Day on March 8 with the theme #BalanceforBetter. With many events there has been a real sense of a continual shift in conversations this year. Conversations have moved from the worthy celebrations of women to also leaders recognising they have a responsibility to enable women and men in their workplaces to thrive.

Jacinda Ardern leading in a way that has resonated with many.   
Chris Sutherland - Programmed CEO

Chris Sutherland, Programmed CEO spoke at the Fremantle Football Club International Women's Day Luncheon.

Chris talks to gender equity in education, workplaces, income and retirement as, 'surely a good thing,' and how as a CGE founding member he strives to encourage others and lead by example.

Women in Resources Champion 2019

Congratulations to CGE founding member Michael Parker, Chairman and Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia as #WIRA2019 champion. Alcoa was also acknowledged with an Outstanding Company Initiative Award for its 'Catalysts for Change'. 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018/19 AIM WA Pinnacle Awards  

A special acknowledgement to CGE CEO Andrew Hadley of P&N Bank as the recipient of the Curtin University Innovation Excellence Award.

See the full list

WGEA Gender Equity Insights 2019

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency released its gender equity insights report for 2019 'breaking through the glass ceiling'.

The report revealed that females are advancing into full-time management roles at a faster rate than men. 

The BCEC has also established that there is a linear relationship between increasing numbers of women in senior roles and a decrease in the gender pay gap.
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CEW - Bain & Company Research Launch | Achieving Gender Parity

What does male engagement in gender equality initiatives look like, and how can this involvement be increased?
Fraser's Restaurant | April 16 |
If you are a CEO for Gender Equity, Please join us at the launch of this new research.
Register here

Upcoming Events

Chief Executive Women - Bain & Co | Achieving Gender Parity 
Fraser's Restaurant I April 16 I 1630-1830
Are you a CEO for Gender Equity? Please join us at the launch of this new research

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Deep Dive | Establishing the Baseline
WISE | May 8 | 0930-1100

Deep dives are hosted and convened by CGE action group members made up of D&I, HR and/or comms/PR who share learnings with their CEOs/ELT.  

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CEO Roundtable
Tronox I May 15 I 0730-0900

Unique, intimate and in-depth conversations hosted and convened by a CGE CEO to inspire and influence commitment with other CEOs who are not members of CEOs for Gender Equity.

By invitation only, hosted by Russel Austin

Do you know a CEO that should join CEOs for Gender Equity?
Our goal is to recruit 125 CEOs by 2021 to help us achieve our vision.

We want to boost women’s workforce participation, lift productivity and increase economic growth by sustainably improving gender equity in jobs and pay across Western Australian enterprises.

You can help by introducing a CEO to CEOs for Gender Equity.

If you know a CEO who would like to attend a CEO Roundtable, please contact executive officer of CGE Tania Cecconi, email
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